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EMG-triggered electrostimulation with Biofeedback 

 

mentastim is designed for treating patients with pareses after damage of the Central Nervous System.

 

 

The principle of neuroplasticity 

The therapy method takes advantage of the ability of the Central Nervous System to restructure itself in case of a lost capability of motor skills due to damaged nerve tissue. The neuroplasticity of the brain makes it possible to adapt to changed conditions and to relearn the specific control of movements.

 

 

EMG- triggered electrostimulation

mentastim uses one EMG-channel for measuring and stimulation according to the principle of EMG- triggered muscle stimulation. 

Two surface-electrodes are to be patched on the skin above the paralyzed muscle; the third one has to be placed outside the area of the respective muscle.

 

 

The three phases of the therapy

  • Phase 1 (Rest): The patient relaxes. The muscle potential, also known as the EMG value, will be measured by the electrodes. 

  • Phase 2 (Imagination): The patient imagines purely mental a specific movement of the muscle group which should be treated. Through the imagination the EMG value of the patient will raise; as soon as it reaches a certain threshold the muscle stimulation will be triggered (phase 3).

  • Phase 3 (Stimulation): mentastim will trigger an electrical muscle stimulation with reaching the certain threshold. This represents the positive feedback of the planned movement to the brain which is needed for a successful relearning. This closes the circle.

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